Colors of Saudi exhibition gets ready to roll

The seventh Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum will open on Dec. 12 at Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 24 October 2018

Colors of Saudi exhibition gets ready to roll

  • The annual forum aims to boost the role of photography in promoting tourism in the Kingdom

RIYADH: The seventh Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, the largest event in the Kingdom for photography and short films on tourism, culture and heritage, will open on Dec. 12 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The annual forum aims to boost the role of photography in promoting tourism in the Kingdom.
A photography competition — the largest in the Arab world — offers SR740,000 in prize money. The categories are cultural heritage, Saudi Arabia from the skies, the Kingdom’s nature and landscape, KSA today, smartphones and the audience’s favorite.
The competition for tourism films, with prizes of SR550,000, includes seven categories: short films, cultural and heritage films, natural history films, Saudi movies today, tourism films, business films, and the audience award.


Saudi Arabia clarifies travel rules on students studying abroad

Updated 7 min 48 sec ago

Saudi Arabia clarifies travel rules on students studying abroad

  • General Directorate of Passports says all students are exempt from requiring permit from guardian
  • Exemption applies even if they are under 21 and traveling abroad to study

RIYADH: All Saudi students studying oversees will no longer need a permit from their guardians when they travel, even if they are under the age of 21.

Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced Monday that students will only require proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education.

The clarification comes after a sweeping set of reforms announced in a royal decree last month gave the right of every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport. A guardian’s approval is only needed for children.

Ther passports directorate also said Monday that after the death of both parents, a sibling above the age of 21 can provide a travel permit to a minor, provided he or she has been designated the legal guardian by a judge’s order.

The July 30 royal decree was widely welcomed in both the Kingdom and around the world. Among the most important changes to the law was that Saudi women no longer required permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport.